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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 57
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oddity was a Foreign Stout I picked up in Maine. What makes it odd? It's brewed in Sri Lanka! Out of the bottle it was an opaque brown that was a shade or two away from black. The head was huge, three fingers of mocha colored foam that retained excellently and left good lacing. The aroma was very roasted with some cocoa and herbal hops notes. The flavors were a curios experience. At first I got the sweet and creamy malt with lots of chocolate. Then I began to taste hints of tobacco and the resiny and herbal hops. As it warmed the flavors became more nutty with hints of coffee in there too. The mouthfeel was good, the body med/full and the carbonation good with a slightly acidic feeling to it overall. An enjoyable beer and the best Foreign Stout I've had to date.

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 4/30/08

Pours from a distinctive 625ml bottle into a globe glass. It's nearly black in color with great white head that sticks around well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very nice with lots of chocolate and roasted malt character to it.

Flavor is surprisingly good with great depth and balance. Chocolate and coffee, the malts give it a pleasant sweetness but a good dose of bittering hops balances it out.

Mouthfeel is good too with creamy texture and not too much carbonation. Drinkability is there too as long as you don't mind the 8% ABV.

Overall, very impressive and frankly surprising. I never expected this mass-produced export stout to be this good. This is one beer that I have seen for years but never gave a second glance. Now I think I'll be coming back regularly.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one knocked off of the list of beers that I always see but have never bought until right now.

Old size (625mL) bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a shade lighter than other export stouts I've come across, but certainly stands as the darkest Sri Lankan beer I've ever had. Lucid black turns into a dark brown as I work my way through the glass, all the while under a quickly dissapearing sandy brown head that leaves little lacing to speak of. It leaves some but not what you would come to expect.

Aroma is destinctly imported in that there is a definite hop aroma, but it is rather soft, more aromatic than biting with no trace of American alpha acids to speak of. Aromas of sweet rasins and baker's chocolate, but most of the more notable aspects of the aroma come from the English Ale-like fruitness that eminates forcefully from the depths of this beer.

Flavor is a bit of a change of pace considering what the aroma had me believing about this beer. At first the beer tastes much like it smells with a lighter, smoother mouthfeel with slight noble hop fruitiness that also tastes sort of grapey (if that makes any sense). The beer really comes alive about halfway through drinking. At once it seems that all the smoother aspects drain out of this beer and are replaced with a toasted dryness. Baker's chocolate returns but brings with it toasted (almost charred) malts with touches of tobacco sweetness. Really a wonder of a beer.

From the first sip I was hooked. The mouthfeel is better than it is rated here, it starts out a bit loose but then really tightens up. Drinks much smaller than it actually is, which is to say the ABV is well hidden. Could easily put away a few of these without realizing.

Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer! Poured with a dark tan head and some lace. Opaque brown color. Aroma is roasty, malty, a bit sweet and hint of fruit. Flavor's got lots more going on. Kind of reminds me of a cross between a baltic porter and a sweet stout. Has all the aroma characteristics plus much sweeter yet balanced with a bitterness, dark fruit, madiera, and even - cream. Mouth is fine carbonation and creamy, but with a lingering bitter sweetness. A little boozy. A session beer that'd get ya snockered. Impressive brew. Tamil tigers oughta get a few cases and take a break, Ok, cook with it then. sheesh.

Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO.

Into my snifter.

Note: My bottle reads Sinha Stout instead of Lion Stout, but it is the same brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and opaque with next to no carbonation. Pours a medium sized one-finger thick tan head that slowly dissipates to a think film and remains for the entire trip. Minimal to no lacing. Good looking, but needs some lacing to make it a beauty.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt with a nice smokiness in the background. Some coffee notes as well.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and some dark fruit as well. Mild dark fruit in the aftertaste, but it's not overpowering. Some alcohol too but it's certainly well hidden for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, slightly thinner than expected. Would like it to be a little thicker. Medium carbonation and a slightly alcoholic bite in the end. Goes down pretty smooth regardless and finishes on the sticky side of dry.

OVERALL: A pretty good export stout. Drinkable but not memorable. I could have a few of these and it's definately worth re-visiting, but there are certainly better examples out there.

Photo of mains
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, with a dark brown if not border line black color to it. it poured with a 1 1/2 inch chocolaty head. Very attractive brew. It has a nutty kind of smell to it, which some hints of chocolate, maybe some vanilla, and perhaps some cherries? The taste is simply superb. It has a definite chocolaty taste to it, some coffee, vanilla, a nutty kinda taste to it, and some cherries. Flavors just fuck the palate with flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, really fucking top notch. The drinkability is good. Its 8 percent abv, so if you have a low tolerence you could be fucked before you know it. you can taste the alcohol somewhat well, but it is a smooth brew and it doesn't hold the beer back by any means, i think it adds some good robust flavors to the brew.
Notes: It wasn't that expensive. It was about $34 or $35 dollars and with tax around $37 or $38. its worth the price. So buy it and do yourself a favor...This Shit is top notch mother fucker, buy this shit and you wont be disappointed. Fuck Yeah!!!

Photo of danimal22
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received Lion Stout in a holiday gift pack from work, and was pleasantly surprised! Served in a pint glass poured from 12oz bottle

A: Pours a very nice dark, near opaque color. Decent fluffy brown head lingers for some time leaving noticeable lacing.

S: Dark roasted nut/grain smell. Very pleasant.

T: Very nice! Dark roasted, near smoky nut flavor with hints of cocoa. Nice balance with a very slight hopping.

M: Mouth feel is good. Moderate carbonation allows the taste to "tickle the taste buds".

D: Very drinkable stout. I recommend it.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours near black, near opaque, with generous brown head.

Nose is excellent, with whoppers nougat, chocolate, and roasty components.

Roasty malty sweet on the palate, with a proper balance of hops in there to make it just right. Again, balanced.

Good cocoa on the finish. Not too sweet. Just right.

Photo of jstilwell
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had heard that this stout had been touted by Mr. Jackson and I'm on a stout kick and had never tried it so...

A: Pours a nice thick black with a 2-3 inch light brown head. Nice lacing on the sides. This batch appears to be fresh.

S: Nice roasted nut smell

T: Very very smooth stout, creamy, nutty, not very bitter but a slightly metallic after taste keeps it from a higher rating. The 8% alcohol is VERY well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is pleasant but more watery than the brew appears.

D: I could drink several of these. The alcohol is well disguised behind the mild sweetness and nutty flavors. This is a well balanced stout and is a great "value" purchase at $10 for 6. The aftertaste is my only real problem with this offering. Overall, very enjoyable.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with two fingers of creamy light tan head.

Scent of roasted malts, molasses, prunes, and chocolate. This one has a good balance, but it doesn't dazzle.

Taste of cream, chocolate, roasted malts, and prunes. This may not have the best flavor, but for the price it is hard to bead. A great Stout for the price and worthy of recognition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but slightly watery.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much straight black in color with a long lasting head that is a tan mocha brown.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate scents to go around and just drenched in malt.

Strong flavor right from the start with an upfront bitter coffee taste which slowly gives way to a sweet chocolate taste that eventually finishes bittersweet.

A lighter density than expected due to the ABV.

Even with the strong taste and high ABV this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Photo of eyefeelgood
1.53/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I sure hope I just got a bad one because this was arguably the worst beer I've had in years. Color was excellent, smell in the bottle was okay but all downhill after that. In the glass it smelled like sewer water and didn't taste any better. It was bought and stored the same as a dozen great beers so it was either bad when I bought it or its just lousy.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near black into a pint glass with a small creamy head that receded into a half finger and remained. Great lacing.

The nose is dark roasted coffee beans and expresso. Very burnt. Hops are there in the background too.

The taste is quite well rounded and balanced. Initially sweet and sugary with toffee and licorice flavours. The hop character gives some background bitterness and the alcohol isn't completely hidden. The finish is quite dry with bitter chololate flavours coming through.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a very soft, velvety carbonation.

Really impressive and highly drinkable.

Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, dark brown with ruby tinted edges and a huge, chocolate milk colored head that falls slowly, becoming rocky and leaving some good lacing. Nice chocolate and sour dark fruit notes but somewhat light on the roasted barley. Taste has more roasted flavor than the nose lets on, hints of coffee and baker's chocolate, again with the dark fruits and very light sourness in the background. Bitter and sweet at the same time, but not sweet stout sweet. Medium to full bodied, plenty of carbonation as this one's refermented in the bottle. Quite drinkable as the alcohol is well-hidden for 8%. Very nice export stout. This is my second of this style next to Guinness Export, and it comes in a close second.

Photo of mralphabet
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass.

A: Black with a hint of brown, 1 finger head nice tan color with a little lacing.

S: Burnt coffee.

T: Taste is OK, it has a burnt coffee flavor. Maybe some little bitter chocolate, & some roasted malts.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation here... Not as creamy as most stouts I've had... The alcohol is not over powering & the bitterness is pretty light.

D: Not a bad brew, just not very stout like to me.... Got a little better as it warmed up.

Photo of yesyouam
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is the black of black chocolate. The head is huge, mocha brown, creamy and frothy. The head has great stamina and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a dash of lemon peel. The mouth feel is full and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is that of everything in the aroma. It is well bittered and the long aftertaste tapers to the semi-sweet of dark chocolate. Incredible beer!
(rated Feb 13, 2007)

Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dense, black brew with a thick tan head that sticks around.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rich roasted malt.

Taste: Balanced with a hint of minerals. Slight sweetness that is not over the top. Coffee and toffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Starts smooth with a dry bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkablity: Decent stout. It is an interesting variation within the style that makes it unique An excellent session brew. It was neat to try a brew from Sri Lanka.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, opaque black color. Large, thick, creamy brown head with very good retention and lacing. Certainly looks the part.

S: Molasses, sharp prune sweetness, coffee and dark chocolate are most noticeable. Definite alcohol aroma as well. A somewhat leathery nose, with vague hints of vanilla and smoke.

T: Sweet brown sugar and prunes up front, with coffee/dark chocolate lurking in the background. An almost lactic undertone as well. Some earthy hops give a bit of a bite and work well with the mocha flavors. A definite leathery/dried fruit nature to this one.

M: Actually much lighter in body than you might expect at first. Smooth and creamy, with subdued carbonation. Just a hint of dryness at the finish.

D: This one sips very, very easily. I actually wouldn't have minded it being a little thicker and chewier, with a fuller body. It's super easy to drink and very tasty. Count me as a fan.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours black into the glass. Beautiful two-finger coffee colored head of thick foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is great.

Very nice nose. Smells of cocoa, vanilla and leather. Roasted chocolate malts. Very nice smokey notes. Dark fruits.

Big chocolate and coffee flavors. Huge roasted malt flavor. Slight hints of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and cherries. Touch of dried fig flavor. Here, also, is a very nice touch of smoke.

Feels very good. Nice and medium thick body. Slick and almost oily. Personally, I'd like it to be a tad bit thicker, but it is still very good.

This is an excellent representation of what a good stout should be. I'm very surprised that this is from outside of America. Tastes like a big American stout. Alcohol is very well hidden.
This brew is extremely drinkable. I want more.

Photo of mcsquint
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black in color with thick,foamy, tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malt with a bit of milky chocolate.
T - Dark roasted malt,with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Not much in the way of hops.
M - Slick, very little carbonation.
D - Very tasty. 8% ABV. A bit pricey though $10.496 pack. There are better stouts for the money.

Photo of schellsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cark cocoa color. Black to dark Brown. Chocolate head that starts out big. Very nice lacing that slides down the glass as the beer is consumed. Very little light shines through.

S - Chocolate. Molasses. Thick. Smokey. Very nice. Malt with little hops.

T - Creamy. Very smooth. Excellent taste. Wow. This is one very good stout. Doesn't taste like a forein export stout but more like an American stout. Rich. Thick. Really impressive...like a stout should taste. No alcohol taste present which is nice.

M - Cream but not a milk stout. Full bodied. Covers the entire mouth and tongue.

D - Very much so. Too bad it is 8% alcohol. I really like this Stout. Great to find. Excellent.

Thanks Lion Stout for making me a believer in foreign stouts again. Awesome.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 625ml bottle into a chalice.
A - Poured super dense black with beautiful tan head that stays stacked up. Nice lacing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.
T - Dark fruit, rich dark malt with a nice chocolate aftertaste.
M/F - Thick and smooth. It is creamy with very nice carbonation and subtle.
D - It's great - a very nice stout to sip.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a stout-lover who has never tried the Lion stout, purely because it's just always been around...I guess I became complacent toward it.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head with a nice, retaining thin lacing that is tan colored.

S: Reminds me of coca-cola, only smoky.

T: Taste is good, a burnt taste that's kind of surprising. There's a faint dried cherry flavor, light bitter mocha, molasses, roasted malts and coffee, definite alcohol aftertaste thats a pretty bitey.

M: Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with the alcohol and light bitterness in the flavoring puts the tongue in disco-mode. It sticks, that's for sure. Not a thick, milky, creamy stout.

D: This isn't one I can drink much of. It's got some flair in the flavor department, but it's strong, fizzy and heavy....a dessert beer for sure.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

T: Dry roasted malt palate, dried fruit (raisins, dates) with a bittering hop presence. Finishes dry with a big roasted malt fade. There is some fresh dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, mocha, and some vanilla bean rounding out the flavor. There is also some burnt woodiness and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is evident

M: slick, almost oily on the tongue and drinks with the complexity of a wine.

D: overall very rich and good drikability. One of the better bears to come out of Asia. The 8% drinks very nicely and is well hidden. A dark roasted treat with a lot of complexity woven within.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Nice very dark black ale with a small light brown head that disappear fast.

S: Everything that you expect. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla is also present. A little bit of smoke smell and some dark fruits coming from the alcohol.

T: Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. But, there's a strange acid aftertaste that is "meh".

M: Mid to low carbonation. Mid to high mouthfeel. Nicely done here too.

D: mid to low. It warms a lot for such and ABV. I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. Might get tired of the taste after some of these.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.